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The Easiest Way to Increase Yield in Semiconductor Clean Room Manufacturing

Production time for each silicon wafer is long, and contamination at the end of a production cycle is a significant financial loss. Partner with us for a better environmental monitoring plan and better instruments to optimize process yield and keep your semiconductor clean room as clean as possible.

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Maximize yield to tightly manage and project your wafter processing costs 

Contamination directly impacts yield at every step of your semiconductor manufacturing process. Yield optimization is your competitive advantage, and you can optimize your process end to end and manage the risks that your process inevitably faces by breaking it down into identifiable points in the manufacturing lifecycle.

  • Design risk factors

  • Production risk factors

  • Environmental risk factors

We help you manage risk and continually optimize your yield, even as process variability becomes more complex and difficult to account for. 


Most semiconductor manufacturers partner with us for:

0.1µm Particle Detection in Air and Gas in a Closed Fab
Nanoparticle Detection Using a CPC Unit
0.1µm in Water
RABS or Unidirectional Flow
Static Control

Implement impactful end-to-end risk management to increase yield

A speck of dust is enough to fry a circuit board or any microscopic electronic device you manufacture. Your ISO class 5 cleanroom is among the cleanest places on Earth because it has to be. Operators shed particles, the environment sheds particles. Managing risk responsively means making informed choices at every waypoint in your process.  



In design, target the historical data around excursions and anticipate them moving forward to eliminate your most significant early yield inhibitors.



When the responsibility shifts from design to production, your risks change. Tool contamination is your biggest risk. Capturing real-time data during tool installation or maintenance is the best way to avoid trashing the tool.



In your work environment, the problem is people. People cause cleanroom events, and optimizing yield means detecting contamination quickly and recovering even faster. Particle counters to quickly and accurately measure air contamination, then surface contamination, can save millions of dollars in downtime.


 

Make your production process more profitable

Your semiconductor manufacturing space includes components that are smaller than a virus, and it’s outfitted with components that are common in a wet lab as well as a tech lab. 

There’s very little room for error when you work with such small, delicate components in a clean room that crosses technical boundaries. If you’re to maximize profitability, it means learning from the mistakes of semiconductor clean rooms that were built before yours.

We consulted on dozens of them in the last year alone. We helped every one of them optimize yield. We know what works and what doesn’t, and we want to share that experience so your cleanroom is as effective as you need it to be. So you can be as profitable as your product allows.


The secret to a successful semiconductor clean room


A semiconductor clean room needs constant air movement to be successful. Vertical laminar flow. So every molecule leaving the space is cleaned through HEPA filters, and every molecule of air entering the space is conditioned for temperature and humidity and directionality. 

So the smartest thing you can do (besides partnering with us for consultation and product selection and supply) is to make sure the vertical flow of air is interrupted as little as possible. 

Ideally, your wet bench areas will actually be built into the walls, with their own independent exhaust systems, so they don’t interrupt the vertical laminar flow. 

Most semiconductor clean rooms also have staging areas between the gowning room and the cleanroom proper, where a strong downward air shower blows off any stray particles on the gown before technicians enter the room.



Improve yield by anticipating and managing risk

There are a hundred steps or more in your semiconductor fabrication process. Yield can be impacted by the most insignificant seeming things. Risk management and prevention are the keys. 

Work with us to make sure your semiconductor clean room is prepared to prevent contamination at every point in the production lifecycle. 


Identify the
contaminant


Anticipate the contaminant


Prevent ingress


Facilitate egress


Minimize internal generation


Control residual contamination

You don’t have to troubleshoot clean room trouble alone


We work closely with all our partners. And we help make sure they’re equipped to keep the air flow moving in their semiconductor clean room. In the event of a contamination issue, we’re always available to help troubleshoot the source and find a solution so it doesn’t happen again.